Monitors for Surround

Feb 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By the Mix Editors

SPEAKERS TO BUILD YOUR MULTICHANNEL SETUP

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Years ago, when the first wave of excitement for 5.1 music projects hit its peak, Mix ran a product roundup on “surround speaker systems.” We established criteria, such as they had to have their own sub, and we thought we were being cutting-edge. But then a number of users and manufacturers called in and said, “Huh? If somebody buys five speakers and a sub, it’s a surround system.” They were right.

This time around, we selected monitor models from leading manufacturers that we figured would work well for a near-field, surround sound experience, starting at 6-inch woofers and up.

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Acoustic Energy Pro AE22 Active

Acoustic Energy Pro AE22 Active
Designed to be used on a mixing desk at ear level, the AE22 Active monitor incorporates high-quality Class-A/B power amplifiers totaling 160 watts for each speaker, with EQ presets to provide adjustment of tonal balance and low-frequency bandwidth. The AE22 is a low-distortion, closed-box speaker with an exceptional time domain performance (better than 40dB down within 5 ms) and good horizontal off-axis consistency. It doesn’t have the flattest anechoic amplitude response you’ll ever see, nor the widest bandwidth, but from 60Hz to 25kHz it is about as musically accurate as moving-coil driver technology can achieve at the price. There is also an AE22 Passive option.

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ADAM F7

ADAM F7
The A7X in the AX series is ADAM Audio’s most popular model, and with the F7, the company presents a brand new speaker with the same dimensions and a similar sound quality, but at a lower price point. The F7, too, features ADAM Audio’s proprietary X-ART tweeter, the most famous of all ADAM inventions, assuring utmost clarity of the high frequencies. The 7-inch glass fiber/paper-midwoofer comes with a 37mm voice coil. It has been designed to perfectly complement the ART tweeter, starring in both the deep registers and the musically crucial midrange. The F7 shares the same controls one finds in the F5: a volume knob (-∞ to +6dB) and two room EQs for both the high (>5kHz) and the low (<300Hz) frequencies.

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Akai RPM8

Akai RPM 8
The RPM8 reference production studio monitors are specifically designed for use with MPC workstations/controllers. RPM8 studio monitors are two-way, active, speakers made with producers, recording engineers, remix artists, DJs and other musicians in mind. Each monitor features an 8-inch woven-kevlar low-frequency driver with 80W RMS of continuous amplification for robust, full bass all the way down to 39 Hz. The monitors’ high-frequency system consists of a 1-inch silk-dome tweeter with 40W RMS of continuous amplification, mounted on a custom, functionally optimized waveguide for excellent control of directivity and reduction of unwanted early reflections. RPM8 studio monitors contain active, fourth-order crossovers for outstanding separation and optimal power management, delivering up to 113 dB SPL and with accurate frequency response from 39 Hz to 20 kHz.






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